TweetChat is web-based software that let’s you follow a hashtag – yes just one hashtag. (A hashtag is the # symbol followed by key words and is used for just about any imaginable topic.) Perhaps you’ve been at a meeting or event and the speaker will announce, “follow the social conversation at #meeting”. In order to do this, sign into your Twitter account and up in the search box, type in #meeting (or whatever the topic is). Then, you’ll be taken to a page with this hashtag and you can keep refreshing and following the conversation.
TweetChat is a great app to use instead of the steps above because the web app allows you to participate in the conversation right from the page. Since the app requires you to sign in to TweetChat with your Twitter ID, they already know who you are, so when you’re ready to jump in and comment, just type in the box. You won’t be bothered with any other twitter streams going by – you’ll only see conversations associated with the hashtag you entered in. This is really great for a hot topic going on – perhaps a popular event, or a natural disaster.
Control the Speed and Block Irritating People
There are two great features to mention:
- Refresh Speed – for monitoring fast-breaking situations, you may want to slow down the refresh rate – otherwise things may go by too quickly to respond. Perhaps there’s a tweeter you’d like to respond to, but it disappears because the stream is going by so quickly.
- Block – of course there are always the party-poopers in a group – those who are there to heckle or object or make someone’s life miserable. Just put their twitter handle in this space and poof – they’re gone!
Even if you’re not at a meeting or following an event, use TweetChat to monitor subjects of interest to you. Just try typing some words in – there’s probably a hashtag for it. If you want to know what hashtags people are using, go to http://hashtags.org. It’ll show the trending hashtags. Hover over one and see the popularity trend.
Thanks to @marismith, a huge Facebook Diva, but also she also does Twitter. I got the idea to research TweetChat because she mentioned using it in one of her articles.